A Teacher's Guide for Getting Serious About the System
- D'Ette F. Cowan - Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
- Stacey L. Joyner - Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
- Shirley B. Beckwith - Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Real change comes from teachers and administrators working together
It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a community of educators to improve a school—a community that includes administrators and teachers in different, but equally important, roles. A district's changes can only show results once their improvements reach the classroom. At the same time, teachers need support from their districts to make their own changes have lasting impact.
In this brief companion book to Getting Serious About the System: A Fieldbook for District and School Leaders, you will get the background and see exactly where you as a teacher or other stakeholder fit in the process of implementing solutions system-wide. You'll also learn about
- The research behind the Working Systematically approach, which focuses on healthy organizational cultures, professional development, innovation, and accountability
- The goals of the approach, which include addressing components and competencies at all levels
- A five-phase process for implementing a systemic improvement plan at the district, school, and classroom levels
Teachers don't need another "quick fix" that gives a temporary boost to school performance—they need comprehensive guidance for making meaningful change that will last. Getting Serious About the System enables educators at all levels to work together, share leadership, and create a culture that values collaboration, continuous learning, and professional respect and trust.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Introduction to Systemic Improvement
Chapter 1: The Working Systemically Approach